A large group of 247 migrants crossed into the country and turned themselves in to Border Patroal agents on Wednesday in southern New Mexico.
The group included families with small children and unaccompanied juveniles, a news release from Border Patrol said.
The group had paid smugglers to get them to the border and were told by the smugglers to turn themselves into agents working at Camp Bounds Forward Operating Base at Antelope Wells, N.M., the release said.
Most of the group came from Central America and cited they had a need for medical care, the release said.
So far, 24 large groups, 100 or more people, have crossed in the same area since the beginning of 2019, the release said.
“Unscrupulous organized smugglers are exploiting the area and the proximity to the border to move large groups of people. These groups of people are told where to cross and turn themselves in with smugglers never having to cross the border themselves and risk apprehension,” the release said.